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by Fatih Akin


Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey,where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten.

international title: The Edge of Heaven
original title: Auf der anderen seite (Yasamin kiyisinda)
country: Germany, Turkey
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Fatih Akin
release date: DE 27/09/2007, SE 26/10/2007, BE 14/11/2007, FR 14/11/2007, NL 07/02/2007, ES 15/02/2008, UK 15/02/2008
screenplay: Fatih Akin
cast: Nurgül Yesilcay, Baki Davrak, Tuncel Kurtiz, Hanna Schygulla, Patrycia Ziolkowska, Nursel Köse
cinematography by: Rainer Klausmann
film editing: Andrew Bird
art director: Tamo Kunz
costumes designer: Katrin Aschendof
producer: Fatih Akin, Andreas Thiel, Klaus Maeck, Erhan Özogul
production: Corazón International, Ankafilm (TR)
backing: MEDIA programme
distributor: Pyramide Distribution, Cinéart, A-Film Distribution, Curzon Artificial Eye


main awards/selection

Lux Prize 2007 of European Parliament
Cannes 2007Official Competition
European Film Awards 2007Best Screenwriter

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